In the summer of 202 BC, on the battlefield of Zama in Central Tunisia, the Roman Legions commanded by Scipio Africanus defeated the massed forces of Carthage under Hannibal, thus assuring Rome’s mastery of the Mediterranean and the ancient world for the next five centuries.

Although it took another two centuries for Rome to pacify Africa Proconsularis (modern-day Tunisia), the wealth of the new province supplied Rome with 2/3 of its grain and 1/3 of its Senators. A wealth witnessed by the scores of ruined Roman towns with their magnificent temples, baths and mosaic strewn villas. 

There are more Roman mosaics in Tunisia than anywhere else in the Roman Empire, including Italy. Many are left in situ or in Tunisia’s magnificent museums. An inspiration, which transcends nearly two millenniums from the Golden Age of mosaic in the 2nd and 3rd centuries, when teams of artisans from Spain and Italy created their masterpieces with hand-crafted tesserae from local quarries.